Dyslexia Series-Disabled Legend James Duke

James Henry “Red” Duke, Jr. was born in 1928. James is a trauma surgeon and professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. James has been working on-site since 1972.

James Duke attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas where he served as a yell leader. James Duke was the first person to deliver the poem “The Last Corps Trip” publicly.

James Duke has had years of achievement in the field of medicine. James Duke was instrumental in introducing Memorial Hermann’s “Life Flight” and bringing a Level 1 Trauma Unit to Houston, Texas, both of which was first for Texas and Southeast Texas, respectively. Outside of Texas, he is probably most famous for running a nationally syndicated television spot called “Dr. James Duke’s Health Reports”, which aired for 15 years.

The spot educated millions about various health-related topics, a different subject for each day. James Duke well-recognized for his distinctive Southern accent, ever-present large mustache and “Duke-isms” (like his popular segment sign-off “For your health!”).

James Duke was also the surgeon that attended to the wounds of Texas Governor John Connally, who was shot at the same time John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

Recently, the University of Texas Medical School at Houston Department of Surgery sponsored a scholarship fund in honor of Dr. “Red” Duke, aimed towards students wishing to research and train in the field of trauma.

James Duke is also noted outside of the medical community. Not only did he attain the rank of Eagle Scout, but the Boy Scouts of America honored him with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

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Dementia Series-Disabled Legend James Brooks

James Brooks was born on 18 October, 1906 and died on 9 March, 1992. James was an American muralist, abstract painter and winner of the Logan Medal of the Arts. James Brooks was a friend of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner on Eastern Long Island. In 1947 he married artist Charlotte Park. Considered a first generation abstract expressionist painter, James Brooks was amongst the first abstract expressionists to use staining as an important technique. According to Carter Ratcliff “His concern has always been to create painterly accidents of the kind that allow buried personal meanings to take on visibility.” In his paintings from the late 1940s Brooks began to dilute his oil paint in order to stain the mostly raw canvas. These works often combined calligraphy and abstract shapes. James Brooks had his first one-man exhibition of his abstract expressionist paintings in 1949 at the Peridot Gallery in New York.

James Brooks studued from 1923 to 1926 at the Southern Methodist University, Dallas Art Institute and with Martha Simkins.

From 1927 to 1930 at The Art Students League of New York, New York City and did night classes with Kimon Nicolaides and Boardman Robinson.

James Brooks worked as a commercial letterer and display artist to support himself.

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Epilepsy Series-Disabled Legend James Madison

During his teens and early twenties, James Madison complained of a voice impairment. This was a functional disability that prevented his public speaking until age 30. Madison believed he would “ have a short life due to the illness he believed was epilepsy.

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Tourettes Syndrome Series-Disabled Legend James Eisenreich

James Michael Eisenreich was born on 18 April, 1959 in St. Cloud, Minnesota. James Eisenreich is a former major league baseball player utility player with a 15-year career. He played for the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals of the American League, and the Philadelphia Phillies, Florida Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers of the National League. Eisenreich has Tourette syndrome (TS) his condition caused him to go on to the voluntary retirement list between 1984 and 1987 while he was undergoing treatment. Eisenreich resides in the Kansas City area with his wife Leann and four children. They run the Jim Eisenreich Foundation for Children with Tourette Syndrome which they founded in 1996. It helps children with TS to achieve personal success.

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